The world makes sense to me when I am at work, and I am thankful for that. Especially in a week like last week where some difficult to watch scenes played out in the media. It all stayed with me, lingering while I tried to make sense of the senselessness of it.
This week is a new week. And as we stride out to get the harvesting and delivering cycle of our baskets underway and we interact with our farmers and our customers, I am reminded of all the good people in the world. None of us wants to see somebody hurt, profiled, or victimized. We are fundamentally compassionate, and inclusive as human beings and it is the minority that feels differently.
One of our first stops today, was to pick up flowers for our Tuesday Flower Share from Colchester Neighborhood Farm. The farm is a special place. Adults with intellectual and developmental challenges that make day to day life far more challenging for them than for you and I, come to the farm to work in a community setting growing food and flowers. Here is an example of fundamentally good. And the pride these hard working individuals take in what they do, is heart warming.
It is for this reason, that we are so proud to offer their flower bunches for sale to our little delivery community. We can’t all get to the farm, but we can acknowledge the pride and care they take in their work, and support an initiative that gives these hardworking souls so many opportunities, and they are flowers! Organic flowers, locally grown!
At the end of last week, I signed up for a share. I decided that I would give my bunch of flowers away each week, to a friend, to a stranger, because of a birthday, an illness, or just because. Lady Bird Johnson (First Lady of the United States 1963-1969, wife of the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson) is quoted: “Where flowers bloom, so does hope.” She initiated many upliftment projects through public plantings, highway beautification programs, and wildflower protection legislation.
So, thanks to Phil Nichols, the Farm Manager at Colchester Neighbourhood Farm, and a special thanks to Janina Busch Amhrein for spearheading the flower program and her care in packaging and labeling the flowers, and lots of gratitude to all the workers on the farm who seeded, watered, and nurtured these bouquets with love, care, and pride, just so they could bring a little joy and hope to somebody else.